A Zambian Catholic Priest, Fr. Leonard Namuhumba has lamented the fact that hospitality for which Africans are known was slowly being replaced by individualism and self-centeredness.
Fr. Leonard Namuhumba has particularly called on African religious women to embrace hospitality and to open their hearts to fellow community members and the people they serve. Fr Namuhumba who is Lusaka Archdiocese’s Cathedral Administrator said this, at the weekend, during the graduation Mass of religious women drawn from various African countries.
Zambia’s Kalundu Study Centre, situated in Lusaka, offers a one-year Leadership and Development course tailored for religious women. The course equips the nuns with skills needed in their religious congregations.
Fr. Leonard Namuhumba lamented the fact that hospitality was slowly being replaced by individualism and self-centeredness adding that society was becoming closed in itself.
“Hospitality is a spoken message, given out in gestures and signs. And when this gesture or sign is given out, the words are very clear: I care about you and your destiny,” Fr. Namuhumba said.
He explained that when people do not feel welcome, they become isolated, rejected and depressed.
“Those who help others, even in a small way are already participating in the missionary work of the Church. When your heart is open to those spreading the Word of God, you are already taking part in the mission of our Lord,” he said.
Fr. Namuhumba further encouraged the Sisters to be women of prayer saying that prayer leads to faith, love and service.
Twenty-Six (26) nuns drawn from Angola, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia successfully completed the course.
In her vote of thanks, Sr. Josepha Twapita, MSSHS, spoke on behalf of other graduating students. She gave credit to all those that supported them during their training. She said the graduands were especially indebted to the various spiritual directors, priests, sisters, visiting lecturers and the administrators of Kalundu Study Centre.
(Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops)